English & Math Placement

In accordance with California Assembly Bill No. 705 (2017-18), placement testing for English and Math courses are no longer required.  Degree-seeking students are encouraged to take English and Math in their first year.  Coastline no longer administers placement tests.  

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT FOR AA/AS DEGREE 

Students graduating from Coastline College with an AA/AS Degree are required to demonstrate competency in English.  Competency in English is demonstrated through completion of ENGL C100 or ENGL C135 or an equivalent course or higher.  The prerequisite for ENGL C100-Freshman Composition and ENGL C135-Business Writing is no longer required; therefore, students may now register for either course without submitting prior proof of prerequisite or placement.

MATH REQUIREMENT FOR AA/AS DEGREE

Competency in Math is demonstrated through any of the following:

  • eligible placement results into MATH C100 or higher
  • completion of MATH C030 or MATH C045* or equivalent course or higher with a grade of "C" or better
  • completion of two years of high school algebra with a grade of "C" or better

*Note:  MATH C045-Combo Elem & Inter Algebra (6 credit/SH) is a new pilot course offering for Summer 2019.  This course is a combination of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra.  Students are encouraged not to take additional courses with MATH C045 because of the intensive coursework. 

MATH PREREQUISITE

A Prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before enrollment in a course.  All Math courses have prerequisites.

BEFORE ENROLLING IN A MATH COURSE

It is recommended that students submit prerequisite documents prior to the end of their first semester of attendance and no later than four weeks prior to enrolling in a Math course.  Documents submitted to Coastline College are subject to interpretation. 

ENGLISH AND MATH PLACEMENT GUIDES

Students may receive placement into English and Math courses via the following alternative methods:  

Multiple Measure Assessment Project (MMAP) - If you attended a United States accredited high school within the last 10 years, your placement into Math and English courses may be determined according to courses you completed while in high school—the grades received in those courses, and your cumulative (unweighted) GPA. Some students may be placed directly in transfer-level Math and English courses.

  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted to ContractTranscripts@Coastline.edu for a placement evaluation. Official transcripts will be required prior to graduation if high school coursework is used to meet Math competency.
  • Official transcripts submitted after January 2, 2018 are automatically evaluated for placement. To request placement evaluation of a transcript submitted prior to January 2, 2018, please email ContractTranscripts@Coastline.edu.

Advanced Placement (AP) scores - A minimum score of "3" or above on AP Calculus, AP English Literature or AP English Language and Composition.

International Baccalaureate (IB) scores - A minimum score of "5" or above on Mathematics HL.

Students who have successfully* completed an English or Math course class at a regionally accredited institution may submit transcripts for evaluation. Coastline will determine if prior coursework is equivalent to a Coastline course, whether it satisfies course prerequisites and if the prior coursework meets the requirements for graduation.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for placement, but official transcripts will be required at the time an Official Degree Plan is requested. If you are waiting for your Official Degree Plan to be completed and need placement now, please contact our office.

*Note:  "W" notations and "C-" grades are not accepted for placement purposes.

College Placement Test - Students who have taken a placement test at another regionally accredited institution within the last two years should submit documentation of test results to our office. The documentation must include the course for which the student is eligible to register and will be subject to review by Coastline.

Non-traditional Credits (for Math placement only)- Students can submit results from any of the following test programs:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) credits
  • ASSET Math Exams

NOTE: This option does not satisfy the requirements for graduation. Students who self-place into a Math course are required to successfully complete MATH C030 or MATH C045 or equivalent course or higher to meet the Coastline Math competency requirement for an AA/AS.

Students may bypass developmental-level prerequisites, without taking a placement examination, and place themselves into Math.

Students enrolling under this open placement model may wish to receive guidance to maximize their likelihood of succeeding in college-level (non-developmental) classes in the shortest time possible. Thus, we recommend students seek a counselor’s or adviser's input if they have previously been placed into a lower-level Math or English course (using a Placement instrument, high school transcripts or other option outlined on our website), but wish to self-place into a high level course.

Math Guided Self-Placement Form

Students may petition to challenge a prerequisite. Please contact our office for further information.

If you are challenging English because you have previously completed an English course, you must submit a course syllabus and be aware of minimum course requirements.


Coastline's College Readiness Program offers free online workshops for students wanting to refresh or build their Math (from basic mathematics to trigonometry) and English skills (includes reading and writing). The online workshops help you assess your current skills to ensure you are college ready!

Based on your skill level, a personalized study path is created for you to review and build your skills. As you move through the workshops at your own pace and around your own schedule, your skills and confidence will increase.

Access to the workshops is always open, so you can start anytime!

For more information on how to register for an online workshop, please visit http://www.coastline.edu/students/college-ready or email CollegeReady@Coastline.edu.

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